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H.O.P.E. Program

H.O.P.E. Program

The Helping Overcome Personal Emergencies Program at Highland Community College aids students dealing with unexpected financial emergencies. H.O.P.E. was created to help students stay in college and meet their educational goals. H.O.P.E. is funded through generous donor gifts.


  • Full or part-time HCC student (minimum 6 credit hours in the fall/spring semester or 3 credit hours in the summer semester)
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Document extreme or personal emergency

Eligible expenses include: utilities, housing/rent, food, medical/dental, licensed childcare, transportation and personal automobile expenses (excluding installment loans).

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Attach or submit in person supporting documents within 48 hours of application submission
  3. Check HCC email for grant updates

For more information on H.O.P.E. or the application process, email

If you are a donor who is interested in giving to the hope program, please contact the Highland Community College Foundation office at 815-599-3408.